Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games said, “We have a reputation for publishing games that fans want and the final half of this year is no different. We’re releasing some of the biggest titles we’ve ever had the pleasure of handling, including The King Of Fighters XIII and DoDonPachi Resurrection, as well as the next instalment of our flagship series, Harvest Moon. It’s an incredibly exciting period for us and we’re delighted to be working on such distinguished titles at the top of their genres.”
In release order:
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar (Neverland/MMV/NDS/Sept. 2011)
The mother of all farming games and top farming brand on the DS returns with all new features, pets and crops. Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar has all the classic gaming features of the series and great additions including windmills to let you combine ingredients to make goods to sell at the Bazaar, a new jump movement that enables players to jump up hills and over streams, the horse race festival returns and you can own multiple pets to help work your farm. Players can use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to help their friends with farming, shop at their bazaar, or go fishing in their streams.
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (Marvelous Entertainment/NDS/Sept. 2011)
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon continues the proud tradition of its predecessors by offering a combination of Harvest Moon farming mechanics and RPG action, all wrapped in an engrossing storyline. Players can train monsters while farming, fishing and gathering, and friendly villagers will join them in battle. The new online multiplayer mode allows up to three players to combine forces, conquer dungeons, and compare their accomplishments.
Cradle of Rome 2 (Cerasus Media/NDS/Oct 2011)
Puzzle adventure title Cradle of Rome 2 follows in the footsteps of its best-selling predecessor by offering addictive gameplay for a casual audience, perfect for DS owners of all ages and lifestyles. Swap tiles to match three or more identical tiles to build beautiful houses and magnificent palaces as you develop your small settlement into a flourishing empire.
The King Of Fighters XIII (SNK Playmore/X360/PS3/Oct. 2011)
The King Of Fighters is the flagship series of legendary fighting game publisher - developer SNK Playmore. The series is a dream festival of SNK's 2D fighting series, and a household name in the genre. The King Of Fighters XIII features fighters from the entire history of the series and concludes the Ash Saga storyline. Hugely improved features include global online play with optimised net code. There are now also over 30 characters to choose from, and fan favourite Mai returns. Vast improvements have been made to gameplay as well; with new NEO MAX super special moves, faster gameplay, and refined visuals & in-game camera (perspective).
DoDonPachi Resurrection (CAVE/X360/Nov. 2011)
The fourth game in the DonPachi series, from legendary shoot-em-up creator CAVE. DoDonPachi Resurrection takes the DonPachi Corps back into the action. Players will have the task of fighting hundreds of enemies while dodging thousands of bullets in this renowned bullet hell title. Dash from enemy to enemy to string together long combos which send your score into the stratosphere! DoDonPachi Resurrection is converted directly from the Arcade version for the Xbox 360 in full HD resolution. The Xbox 360 release will be a deluxe edition featuring three different modes of gameplay and the game’s soundtrack. The Black Label arrange mode will be available to download as DLC on the day of release. This is Rising Star Games’s second CAVE shoot-em-up of this year, following the hugely popular Deathsmiles.
Each release will be supported by tailored marketing campaigns, with an emphasis placed on continuing the community interaction and speaking directly to fan bases. For breaking news, follow Rising Star Games via Twitter and Facebook.
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar, Rune Factory 3, Cradle of Rome 2, The King of Fighters XIII and DoDonPachi Resurrection will all be released in 2011 courtesy of Rising Star Games.